Dining Table Build #4: Upper and Lower Sretchers

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Blog entry by Mark posted 09-11-2014 09:57 PM 1621 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I built the top stretchers using 2 5/8 X 4/4 stock I shaved down to 7/8. Then I cut a 3 ¾ tenon on each end.

And a quick clean up.

The lower stretcher is 7” x 7/8 with a 3 ¾ tenon on each side.

I took the end assemblies apart to cut the mortises in the lower splats and the upper part of the legs.
After drilling a series of holes to remove the bulk of the waist I clamped a block to the work piece to ensure my chisel cuts were straight.

And the same for the upper legs.

I used the same procedure with the stretchers, only this time I used a block cut to 7°. This is the angle for the wedges.

I cut the upper and lower wedges form scrap Walnut. After laying out the 7° angle I cut them on the band saw then fine tuned them with the plane.

Finished assembly.

Thanks fer looking.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 09-11-2014 11:21 PM

Chisels and mallets and planes, oh my! You must be trying to cut your electricity bill to zero. :D Seriously, looks like you are doing a great job and coming along quite nicely.

-- Art

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#2 posted 09-14-2014 10:56 AM

Coming along very nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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